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rpg37
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Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
I bought a Netgear Night Hawk AC 1900 about seven years ago. Recently, internet has been having issues causing me to have to reboot every couple days or so. It works fine after reboot, though. I have MaxxSouth and they have come over multiple times and every time they say it is something wrong on their end....but every time a different worker comes and gives a different diagnosis. They provide the internet box.

My question, could the issue just be the router I have? It appears to be in good condition, but it is seven years old...not sure how long they are supposed to last. It is hard to diagnose this.


drdoct
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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
I've had 2 go bad so far and both were the best I could buy locally. First was a Netgear night hawk ac 3200 or 5400 it didn't last but 2 years before it started losing the setup and reset a few times a week. Just recently I had a linksys ea8300 go bad. It would only let 100Mbps through and I thought I had a problem with Comcast, but nope, it was the router.

I went to a 5 router by ubiquiti along with 2 of their ac wireless pro AP's. Been happy so far with it. I'm surprised that such a small router can do such a nice job AND keep better track of our usage. I plan on doing as much as I can using ubiquiti stuff, they're nice and pretty reasonable.


rpg37
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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
So, the fact that mine still works and the only thing I need to do is the occasional reboot is that I am playing with house money at this point, huh? Seven+ years and still normally going strong.


drdoct
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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
I think as long as it's routing the speeds you're paying for, then I wouldn't change unless you want something different with more control. I just had a problem paying for 1,000Mbps and getting 70-100.


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Korkstand
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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
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Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
I bought a Netgear Night Hawk AC 1900 about seven years ago.
Usually not that long!
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My question, could the issue just be the router I have?
Probably if it gets better after rebooting it. Do you have any devices hardwired? Often the wifi is the first part of a router to start acting up.


The reason consumer routers rarely last long is they do too many jobs. They typically act as a router, wifi access point, switch, firewall, and maybe other functions as well. And while obviously they are generally able to handle all these tasks at once, it is still quite a load to put on one small device that has no active cooling (ie. fans). The various chips may or may not have heat sinks, but they definitely do not have fans because we want our devices to be silent. So eventually after too many heating and cooling cycles, the chips start to essentially tear themselves apart.

I currently have an Asus router on its last legs (it's probably 5 years old), and I will replace it with a Ubiquiti router that doesn't have wifi (I already have 2 Ubiquiti wifi access points).


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Inadvertent Whistle
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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
I stopped buying Netgear routers due to this same issue. Mine didn't last more than 3 years. Switched to a Ubiquiti Mesh router and haven't looked back.


broadhead
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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
The netgear, linksys stuff usually last two years before needing replacements. You getting 7 is unheard of.


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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
My AC1900 went out right after 4 years


brgirl09
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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
My Netgear AC3200 has lasted 5 1/2 years so far.


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barbapapa
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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
I think generally the issue with netgear is they run pretty hot, my newest netgear had a dedicated fan which hopefully will give it a bit longer life


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Puffoluffagus
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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
Maybe I just got lucky with my router purchases but I'm also not really a heavy user and I don't constantly check throughput on my routers.

I had a linksys wrt54g with ddwrt firmware that I must have used for about 8 years. I had an Asus n-series router that I used for about 5-6 years and just recently put a mesh system in.

Each time I upgraded was mainly for tech specs reason not necessarily because the device was going bad.

In any case, I think getting 5 years out of any tech device is about all you can ask for.


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LSUgEEkish
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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
Just for security's sake, replace it after they stop updating the firmware. 7 years is way too long to keep one.


UltimaParadox
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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
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Just for security's sake, replace it after they stop updating the firmware. 7 years is way too long to keep one.


Open source firmware my friend.

I have used Asus routers last few times and they have both lasted 5+ years easily


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Hulkklogan
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re: Router going bad | How long do they generally last?
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Router going bad | How long do they generally las



Consumer grade residential routers? 5ish years. If you got 7 you're on house money. Generally speaking, technology changes enough in 5-7, years to warrant a new router anyhow.


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